KUCHING, 9 JANUARY 2020 – Following the recent announcement of the restructuring of forestry agencies by YAB Datuk Patinggi (Dr.) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, Chief Minister of Sarawak who is also the Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources (MUDeNR), Haji Zolkipli Mohamad Aton has been appointed as CEO of SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation (SFC) and also Controller of Wild Life and Controller of National Parks and Nature Reserves, effective 1 January 2020.
Haji Zolkipli has been part of the SFCSB’s Management team for more than 20 years and is one of its few pioneer staff left. He joined Corporate Services Division in May, 1999 and was involved in the formation, establishment and launching of SFC & SFCSB. Since then he has worked in various fields within the company as Manager in HR Department, Head of SF&C Division, Head of SP&SP Division and in January, 2018 was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of SFCSB.
Armed with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Forest Management from Iowa State University, USA in 1984 and a Master of Science in Wildland Resource Science (Forest Economics) from the University of California, Berkeley, USA in 1986, he joined STIDC for 4 years as Executive and later as Divisional Executive Officer in Miri and thereafter with Sarawak Shell Bhd for 9 years in HR prior to joining SFCSB in 1999.
Reflecting on his appointment, Haji Zolkipli said: “I am honoured and excited to have been appointed to lead SFC to the next level – new frontier in biodiversity conservation.”